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Stories, both mythical and everyday, form a
pathway leading to the creation of artwork.
Here are some postcards from the journey…

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    This painted glass triptych was inspired by a dream in which an eternal flame with a deeply sacred feel burned in a mountain cave.

    Beneath the flame, a man ceaselessly played on an instrument like a smallpipes. As long as he did so, the flame was kept vibrant and alive.

    It was only after I depicted the image that I realised that I had been shown an image of Kokopelli. This ancient, Pied Piper-esque trickster and fertility deity is well-loved amongst Native Americans of the Southwest states, where many rock carvings can be found depicting him playing a flute, and with a hump-back which is thought to be a sack of songs and seeds ~ as well as ample proof of his sexual potency.

    Kokopelli is double-framed, the outer frame being a deep wooden box that's strung up on the back with hooks so it can be lit with fairy lights.

    It's 7.3cm deep, 31.5cm tall and 89.5cm wide, and is available here for £220 :)

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